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NoordAruba

With dozens of white-sand beaches, aquatic adventures and an easy-going island vibe, this region is Aruba at its most enchanting.

The Noord region of Aruba encompasses some of the best beaches on the island and its hotels and beachfront resorts ensure that visitors can get their fix of sun, sea and sand. Watch the clear waves rush into the golden shore, take part in a range of outdoor activities and visit the island’s landmark California Lighthouse.

Noord, which translates to “North” in Dutch, is located on the northwest tip of the island. While the town itself is colorful and authentically Aruban, most out-of-towners stay in oceanfront resorts instead, which provide easy access to the region’s pristine beaches, as well as high-end casino and spa resorts.

Go to the amenity-packed Palm Beach for calm waters and to experience the glamor of its beachfront resorts. Chic bars, clubs, restaurants and casinos entertain after dark. Further north at the rocky Hadicurari Beach, watersports are the number one pursuit, with wind and waves providing perfect conditions for windsurfers and kitesurfers. Join the locals on the quiet Arashi Beach or dive in at Malmok Beach, where clear shallow waters are well-suited for snorkeling, and wrecks and reefs keep scuba divers happy.

When you need a break from lolling on the sands, Noord can deliver alternative activities. Play a round at the Tierra del Sol Golf Course, enjoying ocean views as you navigate the cacti- and tree-dotted course. Be sure to stop by St. Ann’s Church, a prominent religious landmark with a history that dates back to the 1770s and the peaceful Alto Vista Chapel, the island’s most important religious site.

Spend a sunset at the California Lighthouse, which is named after a ship of the same name that was wrecked in these waters before its construction. Located on an elevated position on the north coast, the views from here are some of the best on the island. Take a stroll along the frequently deserted and wonderfully romantic California Sand Dunes or rent a jeep and go off-roading.

The best times to visit Noord are between January and August. If you plan to spend most of your time at the beach, then taxis and bus services can help you get around, but if you wish to explore the island further, consider renting a four-wheel drive.

Where to stay in Noord

Simply the best!  Beach across the street. I miss this place almost as much as  the island itself.

Opal

4.5/5Wonderful!(113 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Opal, Stellaris Casino and Notorious Ranch are top sights worth seeing.

Opal
Dinner at Papiamento Restaurant is an experience no one will ever forget. Surrounded by a lush garden, around a turquoise, sparkling pool with twinkling lights in the tree branches, the setting is magical. A beautiful place offering fine
dining in a casual atmosphere. Their combined worldwide experience gives their dishes an original flavour with a touch of Caribbean in it. #GoodEats

Washington

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

While Washington isn't home to many top sights, Eagle Beach and Hyatt Regency Casino are some notable places to visit nearby.

Washington
View off a pier in Palm Beach, Aruba

Kamay

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

While Kamay isn't home to many top sights, The Casino - The Radisson Aruba and Hyatt Regency Casino are some notable places to visit nearby.

Kamay

Top Hotels in Noord

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
4.5 out of 5
L G Smith Boulevard 101, Noord
The price is $309 per night

Located in Opal, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palm Beach, Butterfly Farm, and Tierra del Sol Golf Course. Eagle ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)

"Beautiful property very clean. staff was very friendly and very accommodating with guest.."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino
4.5 out of 5
Juan E Irausquin Blvd 85, Noord
The price is $356 per night

Located in Noord, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Leeward Antilles and Palm Beach. Eagle Beach and Manchebo Beach ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)

"The property had outstanding safety measures and was immaculate. I didn’t want to leave can’t wait to go back."…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort and Casino
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort and Casino
4 out of 5
J E Irausquin Boulevard 230, Noord
The price is $173 per night

Located in Noord, this beachfront resort is in a shopping district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Beach and Butterfly Farm. California Lighthouse and Alto Vista ...

4/5Very Good! (2,232 reviews)

"Even during COVID it was possible to have this great experience in this Hotel. The staff were wearing all the time a mask and guests had to wear mask in the lobby. A lot of marks pointed out how much distance have to be kept in areas where the people’s are gathering, e.g. the Lobby and Elevator. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort and Casino

Popular places to visit in Noord

Arashi Beach
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Arashi Beach

4.5/5(717 reviews)

Take shade under the palapa huts of this small yet uncrowded strip of sand, where there are snorkeling opportunities suitable for all skill levels.

Palm Beach
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Palm Beach

4.5/5(1,812 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Palm Beach, a popular beach in Palm Beach. Stroll along the seaside or experience the entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Boca Catalina Beach
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Boca Catalina Beach

4.5/5(121 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Boca Catalina Beach during your travels in Noord? Check out the casinos and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

California Lighthouse
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California Lighthouse

4.5/5(1,251 reviews)

This iconic lighthouse has been a fixture on the island for more than 100 years. Climb to the top at sunset to enjoy romantic views of the coast.

Alto Vista Chapel
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Alto Vista Chapel

4.5/5(551 reviews)

Light a candle at this small chapel, which has a remote hillside setting that affords lovely views of the surrounding area.

Malmok Beach
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Malmok Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Malmok Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Malmok. Make some time to visit the shops while you're in the area.

Top things to do in Noord

Natural Pool ATV Tour
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Natural Pool ATV Tour

$80
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Sunset Cruise & Seaside Dinner at Pelican Nest Seafood Grill
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Sunset Cruise & Seaside Dinner at Pelican Nest Seafood Grill

$71
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Sunset Sailing Cruise by Catamaran with Snacks & Cocktails
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Sunset Sailing Cruise by Catamaran with Snacks & Cocktails

$41
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Champagne Brunch & Aqua Safari - Luxury Catamaran Tour
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Champagne Brunch & Aqua Safari - Luxury Catamaran Tour

$64
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Jolly Pirates Morning Sail with Snorkeling & Rope Swing
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Jolly Pirates Morning Sail with Snorkeling & Rope Swing

$70
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Baby Beach Day Roundtrip
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Baby Beach Day Roundtrip

$27
Per adult

Reviews of Noord

4.6

Top Destination

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4 - Good 29.29936305732484%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.8662420382165603%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Have been to Aruba many times and to all the above attractions. As 80+ seniors went for warmth and relaxation. In a clean and kind environment we found that. Aruba's Life was great.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

Loved it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

The best vacation !!! I would recommend it to anyone, so safe and friendly!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Great city

3/5 - Okay

Maria

Feb 23, 2020

Beautiful Eagle Beach but this location could not enjoy due to odor from nearby sewer plant.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

People are extremely friendly. No one approaches you to buy needless trinkets or services. None of the solicitations you experience at most other Caribbean destinations.

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Saddle up for adventure on your next trip with a horseback riding tour through breathtaking scenery.

Saddle up for adventure on your next trip with a horseback riding tour through breathtaking scenery.
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Indulging in traditional flavors and fresh catches in Aruba

Indulging in traditional flavors and fresh catches in Aruba
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Taking in the sights and sounds of a shore day on Aruba

Taking in the sights and sounds of a shore day on Aruba
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Finding happiness on Aruba, a small island packed with lots of fun

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